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  11/28/20 - Trevor LawrenceJr/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Trevor Lawrence threw for 403 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in five weeks - and likely last one at Death Valley - as No. 4 Clemson throttled Pittsburgh 52-17 on Saturday. Lawrence hadn't seen the field on game day since beating Syracuse on Oct. 24. He tested positive for the coronavirus the following week and missed Clemson's next two games, including its only loss this season - a 47-40 double OT defeat at No. 2 Notre Dame. A healthy, eager Lawrence expected to play last week, but a positive test from a Clemson offensive lineman on the Friday before the game led to a postponement at Florida State just hours before kickoff.

Lawrence, a 6-foot-6 junior with a powerful arm, deft touch and flowing hair, was as crisp as ever in leading Clemson (8-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference; No. 3 CFP) a step closer to the league championship game and a likely rematch with the unbeaten Fighting Irish. Cornell Powell had five catches for 176 yards, including a 43-yard TD catch off a flea-flicker pass from Lawrence. Powell also had an incredible, one-handed grab on a 70-yard pass to the Pitt 5 that set up Chez Mellusi's 2-yard TD run for a 38-3 lead. Lawrence opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown pass to freshman E.J. Williams less than four minutes in. By the time reserve runner Lyn-J Dixon burst through for a 1-yard touchdown with 5 seconds left in the first quarter, the Tigers led 31-0 - the most points they had ever scored in the opening period. - Clemson/AP College Football


(DS#1 QB) Jr/2022 QB Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  11/09/20 - DJ UiagaleleiFr/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  NOV 9 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson, Fr., Inland Empire, Calif.,...Completed 29-of-44 passes in Saturday night's double-overtime loss at Notre Dame for a career-high 439 yards with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in his second career start...His 439 passing yards were the third-most in a game in school history, breaking the school freshman record of 435 set by Deshaun Watson against North Carolina in 2014...Threw for the most yards against Notre Dame by any opposing quarterback, breaking the previous mark of 425 set by USC's Carson Palmer in 2002. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#1 QB) Fr/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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  11/06/20 - DJ UiagaleleiFr/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  The jewelry and Bible verses around Uiagalelei's neck and wrists say as much as the stats do about this delightfully different 19-year-old. Uiagalelei offered a tour on Monday. The large "Big Cinco" medallion fits with the No. 5 jersey and goes back to his high school days at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. "Someone just called me Big Cinco," Uiagalelei said. "I just heard the name. I said, "Oh, I like that. That's pretty cool. That's like a different thing." So Big Cinco started using #BigCinco in social media posts. The Big Cinco necklace got some play during ABC's telecast of the Boston College-Clemson game, in which Uiagalelei threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns. "I like wearing chains," he said. There's another No. 5 chain. The "T" chain honors his mother, Tausha. But this kid is more than a little glitz. - Charleston Post Courier

(DS#1 QB) Fr/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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  11/06/20 - Trevor LawrenceJr/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Trevor Lawrence won't be playing against Notre Dame, but he will be on the sideline. Clemson's star quarterback will travel with the team to South Bend for Saturday's Top 5 showdown. Lawrence will have completed the required 10-day isolation period in time to travel with the Tigers, but he will not have passed the cardiac requirements. "He's doing great. He really is," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday. "He's in the meetings. He's Zooming in and all that stuff. So he's doing well. He's just anxious to get out. He's back with us Thursday or Friday, so he'll be with us. He'll travel with us. He just can't play because of the cardiac back-to-play protocol that's in place."

Atlantic Coast Conference rules require players to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of symptoms or a positive test. They must then undergo a cardiac evaluation before beginning a phased return and a re-acclimatization period. There is no set minimum period for the phased return from the ACC. For Clemson athletes, it's typically a minimum of two to three days for the phased return. Having Lawrence at the game will provide another voice of reassurance and another set of eyes to help Tigers freshman quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. - The State


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  11/04/20 - Travis EtienneSr/2021, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Etienne was awarded the O'Rourke-McFadden Trophy, given annually to the best player in the Clemson-Boston College game. The senior set a pair of records Saturday, becoming the ACC's career leading rusher (4,644 yards) and scoring a touchdown in his FBS-best 42nd career game. With Lawrence out, offensive coordinator Tony Elliott challenged Etienne to be more of a leader Saturday; Elliott said Uiagalelei needed to feel a confident presence next to him in the back field. Etienne hadn't carried the ball more than 17 times in a season before Saturday, but against the Eagles he had 20 carries and seven catches for 140 yards. Expect Clemson to use Etienne heavy again next weekend. - Charleston Post Courier

(DS#1 RB) Sr/2021 RB Travis EtienneClemson
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  11/04/20 - DJ UiagaleleiFr/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  The freshman only learned he'd be starting Thursday afternoon, but he looked poised and confident Saturday. He finished 30-of-41 passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns, and he opened the second half with a 30-yard touchdown run. The way he handled Clemson's first drive was particularly impressive. After the Eagles stormed down the field in four plays to score, Uiagalelei orchestrated a six-play, 65-yard drive capped by a smart throw to running back Travis Etienne against the blitz. Etienne sprinted into the end zone for 35 yards. "He's incredibly poised," Swinney said. That's good news for the Tigers, who will need Uiagalelei to perform well next week in the big showdown with No. 4 Notre Dame. - Charleston Post Courier

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  11/02/20 - Travis EtienneSr/2021, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  NOV 2 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Travis Etienne, Clemson, Sr., RB, Jennings, La.,...Rushed for 84 yards on 20 carries with one rushing touchdown in Saturday's 34-28 win over Boston College...Added seven receptions for a career high and school running back record 140 yards with a receiving touchdown...Broke the ACC career rushing record held by NC State's Ted Brown (4,602 from 1975-78) on a 15-yard run to end the third quarter...Etienne's 264 all-purpose yards were a career high and tied for the 10th-most in school history...With his 140 receiving yards, he became only the 12th player in FBS history to record at least 4,000 rushing yards and at least 1,000 receiving yards in a career. - ACC Football

(DS#1 RB) Sr/2021 RB Travis EtienneClemson
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  11/02/20 - DJ UiagaleleiFr/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  NOV 2 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson, Fr., Inland Empire, Calif.,...Made his first career start and completed 30-of-41 passes for 342 yards with two passing touchdowns and no interceptions and also rushed six times for 25 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Boston College...Led Clemson to the largest comeback in Memorial Stadium history (18 points)...Joined Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence as the only true freshmen in Clemson history to win their starting debuts, and his 342 passing yards were the third most by a Clemson freshman (true or redshirt) in his starting debut. - ACC Football

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  11/02/20 - Jackson CarmanJr/2022, Clemson, 6-5, 335 (DS#2 OT) + More +

  NOV 2 ACC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jackson Carman, Clemson, Jr., LT, Fairfield, Ohio,...Graded out at 92 percent with three knockdown blocks in the top-ranked Tigers' win over Boston College...Helped protect a true freshman quarterback making his first career start, as D.J. Uiagalelei threw for 342 yards and accounted for three total touchdowns. - ACC Football

(DS#2 OT) Jr/2022 OT Jackson CarmanClemson
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  10/31/20 - DJ UiagaleleiFr/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Freshman DJ Uiagalelei threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Trevor Lawrence, home with COVID-19, and No. 1 Clemson rallied from 18-points down in the first half to defeat Boston College 34-28 on Saturday. Travis Etienne became the ACC's all-time rushing leader and his second TD put the Tigers (7-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead for good. A jarring week for Clemson ended with its 28th straight win over league competition, 10th straight over the Eagles and 27th in a row at home. Clemson was missing several key players. Lawrence was out after testing positive for the virus and starting linebackers James Skalski and Mike Jones Jr. were missing because of injuries. The Eagles (4-3, 3-3) took advantage, putting Clemson in a 28-10 hole in the second quarter with the virus-reduced crowd stunned to near silence. That's when Uiagalelei showed why he was a five-star prospect coveted by every college power and the heir apparent once Lawrence leaves for the NFL. Uiagalelei ran for a 30-yard TD on Clemson's opening third-quarter drive to begin the comeback, then threw an 8-yard scoring strike to Amari Rodgers that drew the Tigers within 28-26. Etienne, Clemson's other Heisman contender, put the Tigers in front for good with a 17-yard touchdown run with 11:34 to go. - Clemson/AP College Football

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  10/29/20 - Trevor LawrenceJr/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19, putting into doubt whether the face of college football will be available to play the top-ranked Tigers' biggest game of the season. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement released by the school Thursday night that Lawrence is in isolation with mild symptoms. Swinney said Lawrence would miss Clemson's game Saturday against Boston College. The Tigers are scheduled to play No. 4 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on Nov. 7. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for a minimum of 10 days. The junior from Georgia is a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy and potentially the top overall pick in next year's NFL draft. He led the Tigers (6-0) to a national championship as a freshman and back to the College Football playoff championship game last season. Clemson's loss to LSU in the title game was the first - and still only - game the Tigers have lost in Lawrence's 32 career starts. - AP College Football

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  10/27/20 - Jake VenablesrSo/2023, Clemson, 6-1, 235 (DS#6 ILB) + More +

  With Skalski out, redshirt sophomore linebacker Jake Venables will start at Mike linebacker for the Tigers. Jake Venables is the son of Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. He is third on Clemson's team in tackles with 29. Jake will now be in charge of making sure everyone is lined up and understands all of the calls pre-snap. "He did a great job last week, really played well for us," Swinney said. "Definitely thankful we've got a guy like Jake who really understands it and gets it." - The State

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  10/27/20 - Trevor LawrenceJr/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  The plan all along has been for Trevor Lawrence to play three years at Clemson before leaving for the NFL, but is it a guarantee that this will be his final year with the Tigers? There has been speculation in recent weeks that Lawrence should not play for the Jets if New York ends up with the No. 1 overall pick for the 2021 NFL Draft. A story from Sports Illustrated suggested that Lawrence should "pull an Eli Manning" and "steer himself away from the Jets." Manning told the Chargers in 2004 that he did not want to play for them, leading to a blockbuster trade that ended with Philip Rivers in San Diego and Manning with the New York Giants.

Former Falcons star Roddy White, speaking in a recent interview, went as far as to say that Lawrence should "just go back to Clemson" if the Jets have the top pick. "If the Jets get the first pick don't go. Just stay. Just stay one more year in college and enjoy your time...because it would be awful to get drafted by the Jets," White said. Lawrence, a junior, was asked Tuesday if there was anything that might make him reconsider returning to school. He didn't close the door on playing one more season at Clemson. "I don't know. I mean, we'll just have to see how things unfold. I think there's a lot of factors in that," Lawrence told reporters. "Honestly (I'm) just playing this year, putting everything I have into it. Not really focusing on next year, whether I leave or stay or whatever. Obviously I have the option to do either one." - The State


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  10/27/20 - James SkalskirSr/2021, Clemson, 6-0, 235 (DS#14 ILB) + More +

  Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said one of the defense's leading players in linebacker James Skalski will miss several games with a knee injury. Swinney said Tuesday that Skalski will have arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The coach is unsure how long Skalski would be out. Skalski missed last week's 47-21 victory over Syracuse. Swinney said Skalski had an MRI that revealed the injury. The fifth-year senior from Sharpsburg, Georgia was Clemson's second leading tackler with 105 stops in 2019, his first as a starter. He was second this season, too, before sitting out against the Orange. Swinney said Jake Venables, the older of defensive coordinator Brent Venables' two sons on the Tigers, would start in Skalski's place. - AP College Football

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  10/26/20 - Will SpiersrSr/2021, Clemson, 6-4, 225 (DS#7 P) + More +

  OCT 26 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Will Spiers, Clemson, Sr., P, Cameron, S.C.,...Celebrated his 23rd birthday by averaging 53.6 yards on five punts - including four of 50 yards or more - during the top-ranked Tigers' 47-21 win over Syracuse...It marked his third straight game with a punting average of 50.0 yards or more, a career-long streak...Spiers boomed a career-long-tying 64-yard punt and also converted a fourth-and-3 with a six-yard rush. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

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